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Do toners really work? It’s one of the beauty industry’s most frequently asked questions – from dermatologists, to beauty editors and skincare gurus.
So, do they work? In one word, yes. And do you need a toner in your skincare routine? Also, most likely, yes.
Best combined with a cleanser, toners are arguably one of skincare’s most underrated – and yet most mighty – formulations. Quietly going about their business of pepping, protecting, plumping, purifying our skin.
Modest they may be, but ask any expert what toner does for skin and you may be surprised to find that, alongside cleansers, toners play a key part in many a successful 2-step skincare routine. So, do you need one in your line up?
Ingredients: AHAs (Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid) BHAs (Salicylic Acid) & Niacinamide.
AM/PM? "DR GLYCOLIC Multi-Acid (6.5%) Micro-Peeling Pads can be used twice a week, for those with combination or dry skin, and daily for those with oily skin and/or a troublesome T-zone. Work up to the DR GLYCOLIC Pore Purifying Glow Toner, which is a little stronger, a little faster, and has a little more ‘pow’. Sourced from the best acid lab in Switzerland both will reduce clogging, make your pores look smaller, remove dead skin cells, and leave your skin glowing. Quickly sweep (either) across the skin after cleansing – you can follow with serum or an essence and then your moisturiser." – Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder
Ingredients: Aloe Vera extract, Niacinamide, Vitamin C & Salicylic Acid.
AM/PM? For sensitive skin flare-ups, stick to a bare-bones AM + PM regime for two weeks, using gentle, non-stripping toners designed to support the skin barrier. “Use Uber Youth Microbiome Mist as your post-cleanse toner,” recommends Marcia Kilgore. This mist-on serum balances the microbiome, minimising inflammation and tackling hyperpigmentation while – bonus – boosting collagen production for plumper, healthy-looking skin.
Ingredients: Pombe Yeast (Fission-Y), Antioxidants (Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid) & Hyaluronic Acid
STEP 2: JAPANFUSION™ Hydra Prep Lotion
AM/PM? “A lot of members are obsessed with Japanfusion Hydra Prep Lotion,” reveals Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder. “Maybe because it does the work of a toner, an essence, a light barrier repairing serum, and a pH balancer. Made at the best skincare lab in Japan, it's a micro-molecular essence, so quick and deep sinking, and it's infused with antioxidant Jabara Citrus and Delamyth Grape Extracts (for anti-ageing and free radical neutralising), plus has complexion de-stressing Pombo Yeast extract, so if you've just scrubbed, or peeled, or (gasp) sunburned, it's immediately and intensively soothing. First it softens, balances and hydrates – and then it turbo-charges every other product you put on top of it. Use it post cleansing or post-peeling, or post-scrub or face mask, before serum or moisturiser.”
Ingredients: Ceramides, Pombe Yeast (Fission-Y), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid & AHAs
AM/PM? Made in Switzerland, BEAUTY PIE's Triple Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Plump Dewy Skin Mist contains 6% HYSILK™, HA BT, FUSE-HAa new-tech, uber moisture molecule that delivers a fusion of everyone’s favourite hydrator – Hyaluronic Acid – plus plumping, healthy-skin promoting Silicium. Put simply, it’s your moisture-maxing fast-track to refreshed, dewy, GLOWING skin – in one spritz.